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BC-WV--West Virginia News Digest 1:33 pm, WV

May 2, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in West Virginia. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the Charleston bureau at (304) 346-0897 or chwpr@ap.org. Beth Campbell is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at sstroud@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. All times are Eastern. If circumstances change before 6 p.m., a new digest will be sent reflecting those developments.

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Top Stories:

OPIOID LAWSUIT-WEST VIRGINIA

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ West Virginia has settled its lawsuit against the opioid distributor McKesson for $37 million. A Thursday news release from Gov. Jim Justice and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says it’s thought to be the country’s largest state settlement against a single pharmaceutical distributor.

OPIOID LAWSUITS-DRUG DATA

CINCINNATI _ Attorneys for news organizations argued Thursday that the U.S. public should be allowed to see federal data about how prescription opioids were distributed as the nation’s overdose crisis was worsening.

PIPELINE-EMINENT DOMAIN

FALLS CHURCH, Va. _ Much to Gary Erb’s chagrin, a natural gas pipeline now cuts across his 72-acre homestead in Conestoga Township, Pennsylvania. To his even greater chagrin, he remains unpaid for the 6 acres of land that were taken from him under eminent domain to build the pipeline.

In Brief:

_SLAYING-DNA EVIDENCE, from Huntington: A West Virginia judge has cited new DNA evidence in ordering a new trial for three men convicted in the 2002 slaying of a woman.

_CICADA SWARM, from Pittsburgh: With their bulging red eyes and deafening mating song, the 17-year cicadas are about to emerge.

_KING COAL HIGHWAY, from Bluefield: A “Bridge to Nowhere” in southern West Virginia will have a destination in a few years.

_MOST WANTED-ARREST, from Huntington: Authorities say a man on Detroit’s Most Wanted List has been arrested in West Virginia.

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